Top iPhoneography Pics of the Week

Top iPhoneography Pics of the Week showcases mobile photography talent submitted by iPhone Life readers. Each week, we feature three top submissions along with one honorable mention. We judge the images based on quality, composition, context, cleverness, and mood. All photos must be taken and edited with an iOS device and using only iOS apps.

To enter your own best iOS shots, please visit for submission details. Feel free to share how you created your image, and don't forget to give it a title and tell us which apps you used! You'll not only get the chance to have your photo featured online, but also of winning prizes from OlloclipCanvasPop, and a spot in the next issue of iPhone Life magazine. 

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Also, make sure to read my articles for tips and tricks related to iPhoneography, and check back next week to see who gets featured in iPhone Life's Top iPhoneography Pics of the Week!

More and more portrait images are streaming in, and I have to tell you, I'm diggin' them! Shooting portraits with the iPhone or iPad can be challenging, but if you use general lighting principles, you should be able to pull off an impressive image. Take a look at our top photos this week to see what I mean.

To address some emails I received this week from some of you:

Question: John, do you really check everyone's photo submissions or do you randomly select certain emails?

Answer: I look at every single photograph submitted... even when I receive several submissions from the same individual. It does not take me very long to make my selections for the Top iPhoneography Pics of the Week since I use my experienced eyes to determine the following: Composition, use of light, cleverness, perspective, context, and the mood the image generates at first impression.

Question: What is it that you look for in an image that makes you want to select it as a top submission?

Answer: Great question. If I could select just one characteristic about what makes an image stand out to me, that would be mood. That first impression triggers different mechanisms in my mind and emotions. When you capture an image, I recommend you ask yourself, "What mood am I setting for the viewer?"

Keep your questions coming, and I will answer them from week to week! Now get out there and photograph!


1st Place Submission

This week we have two first place submissions... from the same person! Check out these two portraits by Jeff Simpson

"Untitled" by Jeff Simpson

iDevice: iPhone 5

Apps: Dramatic B&W ($0.99), Photoshop Express (free)

"Untitled" by Jeff Simpson

iDevice: iPhone 5

Apps: Snapseed (free), BigLens ($0.99), TouchRetouch ($0.99) 


2nd Place Submission

"Minnesotta vs New York Yankees" by Tom Moccia

iDevice: iPhone 5, panorama mode


3rd Place Submission

Untitled by  Paula Bostrom

"Untitled" by Paula Bostrom

iDevice: iPhone 4S

Apps: Instagram (free)


Honorable Mentions

Untitled by Neil Patil

"Untitled" by Neil Patil

iDevice: iPhone 4S

Apps: Instagram (free)


Untitled by Jason Moss

"Untitled" by Jason Moss

iDevice: iPhone 5

Apps: Slow Shutter Cam ($0.99) + VSCOcam (free)



Special Mention

I wanted to include a special mention for iPhoneography writer Jamie Rhoades. Jamie writes for iPhone Life, and you should check out his pieces as they will help you improve your iPhoneography. Take a look at his image below, which is composed beautifully with a clarity that is usually difficult to come by with low light. Jamie used his iPhone 4S to capture this image using Camera+ ($1.99), Adobe Photoshop Express (free), LensLight ($1.99), Mextures ($1.99), and iWatermark ($1.99) to edit and finish the image.

Jamie Rhoades _ iphoneography writer

Image by Jamie Rhoades

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John Toma is a professional commercial photographer, writer, and public speaker residing in San Diego, Calif. John covers events for the press and contracts with various agencies. He is an accomplished iPhoneographer and has appeared on television to speak about the field of photography/phoneography. Check out his website at <a href=""></a>. Follow John on Instagram <a href="">@jt25</a>.